Flooding Disasters: Should You Clean It Yourself Or Call In A Pro?

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In May 2015, the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas had a record month for rain with 16.96 inches recorded. Heavy rainfall led to flash floods and a lot of homes experienced some type of flood damage. When faced with flood waters in your home, you need to make the decision whether you are going to attack the problem yourself or leave it for the professionals to clean up. Here are three things you need to consider before you make this decision.

Financial Impact

One of the main factors in your decision about who is going to clean up the flood damage may be the cost. Who pays to clean up the mess? One of the first things you need to do is check your home insurance policy to see what (if any) type of flood damage coverage you have. If the terms and conditions wording seems like a foreign language to you, get on the phone to your insurance agent and ask the question.

Not all home insurance policies are created equal, and you may find that your policy covers water that entered through a broken window in a storm but does not cover flood water damage. If your home policy does not cover flood damage, then the cost of removing this water is going to be on you. Unfortunately for some families, this will make the decision about who cleans up the mess.

One point to remember is that, often, flood areas will be declared a disaster zone. This means that even if you do not have insurance to cover the cost, you may be able to claim back some money at a state or federal level to help you cover the cost of damage cleanup. Be sure to keep your receipts no matter who cleans up the water for you.

Health Impact

The decision about using professionals to clean up flood damage becomes even more important if you have children or elderly relatives living in the home. One thing that a water removal specialist knows more about than you is how to make sure every last drop of moisture is removed from your home. Moisture left in the walls or floors can lead to mold and mildew growth. Time is of the essence here, as the US Environmental Protection Agency advises that mold should not grow if the wet area is dried within 24-48 hours.

Mold and mildew can cause a number of known medical conditions to occur, including:

  • allergy symptoms as a rash, itchy eyes, watery eyes, cough
  • respiratory issues such as wheezing or full-blown asthma

So the question you need to ask yourself is how confident you are that you can remove all the water, hidden and visible, from the area that has been affected by the flood waters. If you have children or anyone who will be harmed medically by mold growth, then you need to be very confident about your decision on the cleanup.

Time Impact

The last point to consider is whether you have the time needed to clean up after a flood. The basics of the cleanup are going to include the removal of the flood water, the drying of the affected area and the disinfection of the carpets and the walls to remove all traces of contaminants from the flood water that are now lurking in your home.

The process of cleaning up the flood damage will take several days, and if you have to return to work during this time, then you will be trying to tackle the cleanup in the early mornings or in the evening. The longer it takes you to clean up from the flood, the bigger the chance of lasting damage being done to your home.

So after a flooding disaster, should you clean it up yourself or should you call in a professional? While you can do the work yourself, the impact on your health and time means you should leave it to the pros. It will get done faster, better, and with less risk to the health of your family, and that is something that you can't put a price on. For more information, contact a local water removal company. 

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